By James Mirtle
Ryerson women’s soccer team finished off their season Sunday with a 2-1 loss to McMaster University.
The defeat was the tenth of the season and capped another winless campaign for the team. “We had some short term goals to build a program around the players we had,” said first-year head coach Peyvand Mossavat.
“And I think with the exception of two games, we were happy with what we accomplished as a team.”
Ryerson’s lone goal was scored by midfielder Natasha Heck early in the second half, and it tied the game up at one. McMaster replied soon after to take the lead for good. Heck’s goal was the third of the season for Ryerson.
“The (McMaster) goals were lucky,” said assistant coach Sonia Henri. “They were not very good goals against us, but we played hard. It was a good way to end off the season.” “I think [the team is] finally getting the confidence to push [the ball] forward and come up as a team and not worry about the other team.”
Playing their final games of the season for Ryerson were veterans Michelle Anderson, Denica Moncion and Sonya Booker, all of whom have experienced innumerable losses as Rams. “This season was particularly fun,” said Moncion. “It was a different atmosphere on the field. We had a bunch of really good rookies and a lot of fun this year regardless of what happened on the field.”
The statistics tell some of the story as to what did happen on the field. Ryerson was the lone winless squad in the Ontario Athletics Association, and the team allowed 31 goals over 10 games. In the CIS, only the University of Regina had a worse record this year at 0-13.
The Ryerson women’s soccer team has had a sordid history of winless seasons, dating back to the early 90s. In the 1991-92 season, the team was outscored 96-2. The team has won just two games in the last ten years, one of which was the result of a McMaster forfeit for using an inelligible player in 2002.
– With files from Billy Duke, Ryerson Sports and Recreation